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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car, 2011, Auto Insurance

Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible Indy 500 Pace Car, 2011

The  Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible will serve as the official pace car of the 2011 Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials made the announcement at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale classic auto auction, where a bidder will have the opportunity to purchase the first of 50 Indianapolis 500 Festival Committee cars.

The 2011 Camaro Convertible is the 22nd Chevrolet chosen to pace "The Greatest Spectacle In Racing®" and the seventh Camaro. Adding to the rich heritage is the fact that 2011 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500, as well as the centennial year of Chevrolet.

The pace car, along with the matching festival cars, features a Summit White exterior accented with orange stripes and door graphics. The interior is trimmed in orange leather, including front seat headrests embossed with the Indy 500 logo, along with white door panels and instrument panel trim. 
The instrument panel trim features extensions of the orange exterior stripes.

Car details
Equipped with a 400-horsepower (298 kW) V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the actual pace car for the race requires no performance modifications to perform its duty in front of the racing field.
All 50 of the Festival Committees cars will be SS convertible models fitted with the 2SS equipment package.
Standard features:
  •     Four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers and hydraulic assist
  •     StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  •     Competitive/sport mode that enhances on-track performance
  •     Performance Launch Control (with the manual transmission) that optimizes hard-acceleration launches for quicker, more consistent performance
  •     Twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels and performance tires
  •     Head-up instrument display
  •     Center console with auxiliary gauge package.
Convertible refinement
The Camaro Convertible delivers coupe-like driving dynamics, with the unmatched fun of open air driving. The Convertible model contains an enhanced structure designed to eliminate the traditional compromises of open cars, such as cowl or steering wheel shake. The goal is a convertible that drives like the coupe. All the powertrain and suspension elements of the existing Camaro Coupe carry over unchanged in the convertible. The top has a smooth, tailored fit, with acoustical foam in the headliner that helps deliver a quiet ride with the top up.

4 strategic reinforcements enhance the already-stiff body structure to eliminate common convertible maladies of cowl and steering wheel shake:
  •     A tower-to-tower brace under the hood
  •     A transmission support reinforcement brace
  •     Underbody tunnel brace
  •     Front and rear underbody "V" braces.
The power-folding top retracts in about 20 seconds. It is built in partnership with the same manufacturer as the Corvette convertible top, and operates in a similar manner. That means it folds in a simple "Z" pattern and latches with a single, convenient handle located at the center of the windshield header. Other convertible models in this segment still offer convertible tops with dual latches, forcing drivers into two-hand operations reaching across the car.

The regular-production versions of the 2011 Camaro Convertible will begin arriving in Chevrolet dealerships in February 2011, opening a new chapter in the Camaro's ongoing 21st century rebirth. Even before the introduction of a convertible model, Camaro ended 2010 as the sales leader in its class in the United States for the first time since 1985.

Chevrolet's pace car heritage
Louis Chevrolet, who founded the brand with William "Billy" Durant in 1911, was a racer, mechanic and pioneering engineer. He raced in the early years of the Indianapolis 500, which also started in 1911, and served a luminary of the event in the years after he retired his racing helmet. That included driving the official Indianapolis pace car, which was developed by Indy 500 founder Carl Fisher, who believed a rolling start was safer than a standing start. The first Indianapolis 500 featured a pace car driven by Fisher.

How to Make Sure Your Auto Insurance is Protecting You

1. Understand the Value
Uninsured and Underinsured motorist coverage is the part of your auto policy that protects you and your family. This coverage is triggered when you or a family member are injured by a motor vehicle accident and the at fault party is either uninsured or has insurance coverage less than the coverage of your policy. It doesn't matter whether you were injured while in your car, in a friends car, in a cab, on a motorcycle, on a bike or even walking, so long as the injuries are the result of a car accident, you will be entitled to coverage. This is essential in California where most drivers have only the minimum policy limits required by law ($15,000 per person or $30,000 per accident) and many others have no insurance at all. By securing uninsured and underinsured coverage in a high amount you are protecting yourself and your family against all other drivers on the road.

2. Understand the Law
The California Insurance Code requires that auto insurers include uninsured and undersinsured motorist coverage in every policy unless it is waived and that waiver must be secured in writing. However, they have no obligation to make sure your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is the same as your liability coverage. They must offer this to you, but if you decline, they are only obligated to provide coverage no greater than $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident. Don't wait for the agent to ask you about your protection, be sure that your uninsured and underinsured motorist limits are as high as you can afford to get them.

3. Consider increasing your coverage limits
Most insurers will only allow uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage to be equal to or less than your liability coverage. In this day and age, even a moderate collision can result in a claim worth in excess of $30,000. If you or a family member are involved in a more serious accident that requires hospitalization and surgery, your claim could be worth in excess of $250,000. Our firm recommends all our clients carry $1,000,000 in auto coverage if they can afford to.

4. Consider this example
Imagine you and your spouse are rear ended while at a stop light. The impact forces your car into the vehicle stopped in front of you. Both of you are taken to the nearest ER by ambulance. In the accident you suffer a neck strain and low back strain. Your spouse suffers the same but also injured their shoulder. You each see your Primary Care Physician and he recommends physical therapy for each of you. You improve but your spouse's shoulder does not. They require MRI's which reveal a tear in their rotator cuff requiring surgery. You miss 5 days of work and your spouse misses 2 weeks. After filing a claim you discover the driver that hit you has only $15,000/$30,000 in coverage. You find out that the other car, the one you were pushed into, had a mother and daughter in it who were also injured and they too are making claims. They too were treated at the ER and are receiving therapy.

5. What would that mean for you?
This example results in 4 claims being made against a policy of $30,000. Assuming all injuries are relatively similar, each will get $7500 from the liable driver's insurer. Together, you and your spouse collect $15,000, but your medical bills are already $15,000 and climbing and your lost wages from missing work total $3000. Your claim is already worth $18,000 and climbing without considering the damages each of you are entitled to for the pain and suffering you have endured. This is where you would then make a claim to your own insurance company for the benefits of your underinsured motorist coverage. Your insurer will be entitled to reduce your coverage by the amount of coverage available from the driver that hit you. What ever is left is available for you and your spouse to make a claim for after you recover.

6.  Check your auto policy today
Get a copy of your declaration page and make sure that your uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is equal to your liability limits. Increase you coverage limits to $1,000,000 or as high as you can afford to. Don't expect your insurance agent to do this for you, be proactive!

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